Which player has to be better in Game 4 for the Celtics to have a chance to win? (Pick just one.)

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The expressions on the bench of Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart tell the story of Boston's 116-86 loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday. –Jim Davis / Globe Staff

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Which Celtic has to be better in Game 4 than he was in Game 3? The correct answer is every one of them, so here’s the catch – you can only name one.

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Hmm. The correct answer really is all of them. Al Horford had 4 shots. Marcus Morris shot 2 of 8 and was a team-worst minus-28. The road version of Terry Rozier wasn’t scary at all. Marcus Smart was 2 of 9, and all nine seemed like ill-advised long 2s. Even Jayson Tatum, who had a team-high 18 points and was only minus-11, couldn’t take advantage of the Cavs’ early focus on stopping Jaylen Brown.

Speaking of Brown … he’s the answer, I think. After totaling 46 points and looking like an All-Star in the first two games at home, he was invisible when he wasn’t dismal in Game 3. He scored just 10 points in 21 minutes, got in foul trouble (he ended up with 5), tied Smart for the team lead in turnovers (3), and clearly was rattled by LeBron James’s defense on him in the early minutes.

He has to be better in Game 3. That applies to pretty much all of the Celtics. Heck, Adbel Nader even managed to shoot 1 for 5.

But the difference in Brown’s play in Game 3 was the most drastic drop-off of any Celtic from the first two.

What do you guys think? Which player – pick just one! – has to be better tonight for the Celtics to have a chance to win. I’ll hear you in the comments.

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